Originally from Cardiff, as executive director and joint chief executive of the National Theatre, Lisa Burger CBE has been central to creating the National Theatre as it is today and making world-class theatre accessible to new audiences across the UK with the pioneering NT Live. She also co-founded Renew Culture, the organisation behind the Theatre Green Book, which aims to create a sustainable future for theatre.
Writer, performance artist and creative access consultant to the arts, Jonny Cotsen is a passionate advocate for better access to the arts. Alongside his advisory work with Arts Council Wales and other arts organisations, he runs inclusive drama workshops and is a Deaf Equality trainer for people with and without disabilities.
Arranger and composer, Philip Harper is the musical director of the College’s multi-award-winning Brass Band in Residence, Cory Band – hailed as the Top Brass Band in the world. Alongside this he has been the musical director of National Youth Brass Band of Wales four times. A world leader in the genre of Brass Bands, he travels the world sharing the story of Brass Banding in all its forms.
Arts entrepreneur, co-founder of English Chamber Orchestra and former manager of the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, Ursula Jones OBE has devoted her life to supporting young musicians, ensembles and composers, providing support, performing opportunities and professional mentoring to ensure the development of classical music. She is a long-standing champion of RWCMD talent, linking prize winners and musicians in need to performance and funding opportunities, as well as supporting the Colleges’ Philip Jones Brass Ensemble competition, and acting as an ambassador for the College.
Violinist, composer and musical leader Rakhi Singh is also co-founder and music director of Manchester Collective, known for creating innovative, disruptive work that captures hearts and minds in a bold and new way. Reflecting the College’s belief in collaboration across art forms and disciplines, working together with the Collective has produced some of RWCMD’s most exciting and memorable performances and student experiences.